Lakeview Conservative Mennonite Church (Zurich, Ontario, Canada)

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The Lakeview Conservative Mennonite Church was organized in 1966 as a part of the Conservative Mennonite Church of Ontario, which itself had begun in 1959 as a separation from the Mennonite Conference of Ontario over concerns about apostasy in the latter conference. The congregation began with eight members, most of which were former members of the  Zurich Mennonite Church. They were Alvin and Irla Gingerich, Lorne and Bernice Gingerich, Dennis and Marjorie Gingerich, Peter and Reta Steckle. Alvin Gingerich was an ordained deacon.

The congregation met in the Zurich town hall until 1967 when an abandoned school was purchased on Bronson Line North. Worship was conducted there until January 1979 when the present facility known as the Blake Mennonite meetinghouse was rented. In 1992 this property was purchased from the remainder of the former congregation there. The Blake Mennonite congregation was at one time Amish Mennonite, and had built the meetinghouse in 1885, but had amalgamated with the Zurich Mennonite Church.

In 1969 the congregation began a school known as Lakeview Christian School. This school was held in the church basement until 1979 when it moved upstairs. In 2001 a two-room addition was added, making this a three room school.

All ministers are unsalaried; the language of worship is English.


Cressman, Kenneth. "The Development of the Conservative Mennonite Church of Ontario." 1976, 70 pp. Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Cressman, Kenneth. "A Descriptive Analysis of the Conservative Mennonite Schisms in Ontario, 1956-1979." 1979, 92 pp. Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Additional Information

Lakeview Conservative Mennonite Church Pastoral Leaders

Minister Years of Service
Alvin Gingerich 1966-1989 (deacon)
Curtis Cressman 1966-1970 (bishop)
Elmer Grove 1966-1967
1971-1987 (bishop)
Alvin Baker 1968-1970
Merlin C. Bender 1971-present
Peter A. Steckle 1979-present
Paul J. Zehr 1985-1989, 1996-
Thomas D. Bender 1989-present  (deacon)
Merle Bauman 2000-present (bishop)
Brian Bender 2014-present

Lakeview Conservative Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1966 8
1975 39
1985 54
1995 40
2000 39
2003 44
2012 68
2016 69

Author(s) Peter Steckle
Date Published July 2016

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Steckle, Peter. "Lakeview Conservative Mennonite Church (Zurich, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2016. Web. 23 Oct 2021.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=163960.

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Steckle, Peter. (July 2016). Lakeview Conservative Mennonite Church (Zurich, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 October 2021, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=163960.

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